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Jail time for impersonation: Should impersonating someone on social media result in a 1-year jail sentence?

  • Yes, it's identity theft.

    Yes, someone impersonating someone else is pretty serious. I don't know if a year in jail is the right sentence; maybe six months in jail? Or a year of community service? In any case, it's not right to impersonate another individual. It does require some kind of punishment to discourage others from doing the same.

  • No, there should be no manditory sentencing

    Yes, impersonating someone on social media should be illegal, but I do not believe in mandatory sentencing. For there are so many different reasons and therefore consequences of these actions are different. A person who is impersonating someone on social media because they have a crush on someone and is too shy to be themselves should not serve the same penalty as someone who deliberately tries to hurt someone through social media.

  • Impersonating someone does not justify a jail sentence.

    If someone is impersonating another person purely for comedy or satirical reasons, then that should not be considered a crime. However, if someone is trying to pass themselves off as another person for gain or profit, or to damage that persons reputation, then that should be considered a crime. But each case should be judged on its merits and the actual harm to the person being impersonated.

  • No, impersonating someone on social media should not result in a 1-year jail sentence.

    No, impersonating someone on social media should not result in a 1-year jail sentence. While it's wrong to impersonate another person on social media, the punishment of a year in prison does not match the crime. If someone is found guilty of impersonation, he should have to recant and pay a fine.


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